The Assiduous Quest of Tobias Hopkins
It's the month of October 1675. Self-made entrepreneur and trader Tobias Hopkins finds himself stranded on the Island of Jamaica. And it's here, in this beautiful yet menacing land, Toby is shocked to discover he has, not only a stepmother and a half-brother, but also a legacy left to him by his estranged father: a legacy which will lead him into unprecedented danger.
Whether or not you are new to historical fiction, if you enjoy reading about one man's battle against the odds, then this gripping adventure is for you.
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Review by Sonal Panseon:
A young man's search for his father leads him into unforeseen dangers.
Set in 1675, during the height of the maritime rivalry between the Spanish and the English, 'The Assiduous Quest of Tobias Hopkins' by James Faro - who has a naval background - is a very well-written, well-paced, and engaging account of Tobias Hopkins, a young merchant seaman who left England to begin life anew in Maryland.
Haunted by the loss of his mother and two sisters in the Great Fire of London and dogged by a set of other misfortunes in Maryland, Tobias acquires a ship, The Chesapeake Venture, and sets course for Barbados to discover the fate of his long-lost father.
At the time, piracy was commonplace in the region, and The Chesapeake Venture is commandeered by French buccaneers and roped in to attack the Spanish colony of Maracaibo in Venezuela. The story actually opens here, with the subsequent sinking of the ship by the Spanish port defenders and the rescue of Tobias and his surviving crew by the English ship, Lady Charlotte. They are taken to Port Royal, Jamaica, and, en route, an English seaman mentions sailing with a man named Hopkins, whose description fits that of Tobias's father, and this renews his flagging hope of finding him.
A parallel story-line follows Sergeant Smithson and his assistant, Corporal Jones, as they investigate a series of brutal murders in St. Jago de la Vega and Port Royal. Are these murders connected in any way to Tobias's quest for his father? Read the book to find out . . .
Also available in three parts